Roger Stone's lawyers ask for permission to sell a book that is already available online

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By Tom Winter and Anna Schecter

Roger Stone should be allowed to publish a book he wrote before his arrest despite a gag order imposed by the federal judge chairing his criminal case, his lawyers claimed Monday.

Stone, a former advisor to President Donald Trump, was excluded from speaking in public on his case on February 21 after he had posted a picture on Instagram by Judge Amy Berman-Jackson with crosshairs next to her head.

Last week, the judge asked Sten's lawyers to explain why they never mentioned the book under his testimony.

That book, called "Myth of Russian Collusion", is an update of Stone's 2016 book on the election, with a new introduction that discusses special interest Robert Mueller's interest in him.

"I now find myself on Crooked Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller's hit list because I have recommended Donald Trump in the past forty years," Stone wrote in what the book's cover image describes as "an explosive new introduction."

Stone, arrested by the FBI in January, faces seven accusations following the special council's investigation into possible talks between the Trump campaign and Russia, including five counts of making false statements, a number of obstructions and a number of testimonies. Stone has denied any costs.

Stone wrote and edited the book before his arrest, his lawyers told the judge in a court application Monday. They claim that since "not a single word" in the book was created after the gag order was imposed, he should be allowed to have the book published.

Prosecutors have now pointed out that the introduction, the new material requested by Stone & # 39; s lawyers, allows him to publish, can already be read on Amazon.com and Google Books.

The web pages say it was published online two days before the gag order, February 19th.

The judge held a hearing on February 21 about Stone's provocative Instagram post showing her image. Stone admitted the responsibility for the Instagram record when asked about it by the judge, even though he refused to send it himself.

Adiel Kaplan, Charlie Gile and Hannah Rappleye contributed.